Queens College Gets $2 Million For Lab Upgrade

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Last week, Queens College received a significant chunk of change to upgrade a decades-old research and teaching laboratory. State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) presented the college with a $2 million grant on July 17, funding that he secured in this year’s State budget negotiations. The money will go towards renovating […]

City Council Restores Peter F. Vallone Scholarship

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer The Peter F. Vallone Scholarship is back. Missing from the budget since 2011, the scholarship that gives financial relief to thousands of CUNY students was restored for the Fiscal Year 2015 budget that was passed by the City Council on June 25. It will start up again for this fall’s […]

Queens College Names New President

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer After months of interviews with dozens of candidates, Queens College has a new president. The Board of Trustees of the City University of New York has selected Dr. Félix Matos Rodríguez as Queens College’s replacement for Dr. James Muyskens, who retired last year. He will take over from interim president […]

Middle Schools Get Universal Free Lunches

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced last Thursday that funding for free lunch at all public middle schools in the City will be included in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget. The City allocated $6.25 million to fund the lunch program, which will feed about 170,000 […]

Mayor Outlines Tech Investment For Schools

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrated Internet Week by detailing technology investments for the City’s schools. On May 21, the Mayor announced a $20 million investment in new devices and software to increase classroom connectivity, as well as $650 million dedicated to wiring City schools and securing new hardware to keep […]

Queens College Pres. Pick Down To Four

Queens College Pres. Pick Down To Four

(Clockwise from top left): Dr. Félix Matos Rodríguez, Dr. Irma Becerra-Fernández, Dr. Nasser Paydar and Dr. Melody Rose are the four names vying to become Queens College’s next president. BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Only a handful of finalists remain in the running to become Queens College’s president. The quest to find the next permanent […]

What You Need To Apply For College

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer High school juniors and seniors looking at colleges should be well prepared when submitting applications to all of the universities that they hope to attend. Each university has slightly different requirements for accepting students and college hopefuls should be mindful of that when considering where they will apply. For example, […]

Community Colleges Offer Diverse Opportunities

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer With senior year looming, now is the time to weigh academic and professional options. Before graduates start tearing through job postings, they might want to consider heading back into the classroom. Getting an associate degree from a two-year Community College program can not only open up a variety of career […]

TAP Funding Goes Up For First Time In 14 Years

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Some added relief is coming for college students. The maximum grant level for the Tuition Assistance Program has increased for the first time in 14 years. While the financial boost is a small one, going up from $5,000 to $5,165, it will offer additional relief to students attending SUNY, CUNY […]

Community Celebrates Al-Mamoor School Opening

Elected officials and community leaders gathered on March 30 to celebrate the opening of the Al-Mamoor School in Kew Gardens Hills. The school, established nine years ago, had operated out of the Jamaica Muslim Center until its student body began to outgrow the space. While a member of the State Assembly, Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) […]